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Shower Secrets of Star Athletes

When you sweat for a living, you’re bound to have an interesting—and slightly eccentric—bathing routine

Who uses flowery lotion and who swears by a halftime shower? We pull back the shower curtain on these six athletes’ tub-time routines.

Russell Wilson: Zen and the Art of Halftime Bathing

The Seahawks’ golden QB credits last season’s Super Bowl win to … a shower. “This is what I did at halftime, and a lot of guys did too: I took my whole uniform off and took a shower,” Wilson told The Dan Patrick Show. “That kind of restarted our minds again … That’s why I think we played so well—everyone was just clicking on all cylinders.”

Bryce Harper: Lucky Seven

The Washington Nationals outfielder takes “lather, rinse, repeat” to the extreme. “When I was growing up, I was really superstitious,” Harper confessed to late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel last year. “I get to the field at 12 o’clock for a 7:05 game, and it starts from there. I shower seven times when I’m at the field, and I don’t even need to. Yeah, it’s bad.”

Amar’e Stoudemire: Lotions and Potions

If you ever score floor seats to a Knicks game and smell a faint whiff of eucalyptus, it’s probably just Stoudemire breezing by. “Every year I will stock my locker up with body wash, different lotions, different oils and different creams,” the forward told the Wall Street Journal. Before a game, he slathers on a Bath & Body Works stress-relief lotion; afterward, he washes with Dove soap.

Natalie Coughlin: The Brush Off

During her pro swimming career, Coughlin has earned 12 Olympic medals—and more than a little skin-care expertise, thanks to all that harsh chlorine. Before showering, she uses a natural-bristle brush to dry-brush her whole body. The method exfoliates dead skin cells and has holistic properties. Then, she lathers up with mild shampoo and super-moisturizing conditioner. A former Pantene spokeswoman, Coughlin says chlorine-removing shampoos strip hair of natural oils, making your mane more vulnerable to chlorine damage.

Victor Cruz: Little Luxuries

A shower is the only part of the New York Giants wide receiver’s grooming routine that’s bare-bones: He sticks to water and a bar of soap. The remainder of his regimen, however, is all about indulgence. “I see a barber every Thursday. It’s almost like a religion to me,” he told Men’s Fitness. “Every three weeks or so, I get a manicure and pedicure, and every other week I get a massage. You have to do those little things to keep your body in shape.”

Swin Cash: Soothing Soaks

When the three-time WNBA championship-winner isn’t on the court, she’s in the gym—or the bath. The forward for the Chicago Sky relies on her grandmother’s method for treating achy muscles: a soak in Epsom salt. “My grandma told me about Epsom salt when I was younger, and I use it when I need to relax my muscles,” she told Everyday Health.